A typical steep elliptical (left hand kidney) motel pool, similar to others found in the general area, nothing unusual except the extremely wide shallow end. This pool did not last very long, maybe a week at most. 3 sessions maximum before if was removed completely. This hotel was never demolished, only the pool was removed. It had the smoothest plaster surface. A vacant motel at the time, it was eventually redesigned and reopened without the swimming pool.
At this time, Disneyland was buying up all the old motels for the eventual expansion that would be the mall and California Adventure. With one or two motel demo projects happening at any given time, we always had something to keep us busy. No less than a dozen pools were ridden during that time (including the famous Flamingo Motel, which I have no photos of).
Its always kind of strange skateboarding in vacant motels because you never know if you are alone. This place was no different. The pool was cradled between the surrounding buildings and the sounds of wheels screeching and trucks grinding reverberated loudly enough to wake the dead. If anyone was there they showed no signs. We rode in the dark with a road flare in the light socket until we got smoked out. These photos resurfaced some years back when reconnecting with my old skating buddies Roman Gonzales and Mark Zentil. We never got around to naming this pool and I don’t think anyone else skated it since it happened so fast. Just another no name pool we rode and had a lot of fun with.
A rectangle shaped pool with rounded carvable corners and steep but highly workable face and side walls coated with smooth blue paint and capped with sprayed on pebble rock (the kind that explodes whenever you grind). A fun ride that lasted only a few sessions before being filled back up for the summer. A summer bummer for sure, but we got to ride!
One of the best skateboarders in the business and a maniac behind the camera or saw. Ryan can skate the gnarliest stuff and make it look easy. A true stuntman on a skateboard, he has done some of the craziest shit ever captured on film/video. A skater’s skateboarder.
Here we have backyard pool master and skateboarding legend Wrex Cook making it look all too easy. A true gentleman on and off the board, he represents skateboarding in all its glory. While these photos highlight mainly backyard pools, Wrex can annihilate anything and everything concrete, plaster, wood, metal, etc. His transitional approach to skating gives him more airtime than a fighter pilot and a better view than most. Dedicated, honest, sincere and a true professional athlete.
Only skated this pool once for about 15 minutes or so with Mike of Mike’s Pool. A fun egg shaped little gem with a steep mid section, a fall away face wall and fresh sticky coping! Those are probably the first grinds this pool has ever seen. Steep, deep, and smooth. This pool was a fun place to ride a skateboard. Maybe someday we’ll go back. Maybe not.
Got a pool like this? Look us up and we’ll be glad to get it going. Have a great day!